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Universities ask for delay to sexual harassment rules

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Far-reaching changes to campus investigations criticised as ‘practically impossible’ to implement for universities running remotely

Institutions reeling from Covid-19 disruptions will be unable to accommodate changes required by new federal rules that dictate how they should handle allegations of sexual harassment, university associations have said.

The Department of Education unveiled the new definitions and procedures, after years of preparation, on 6 May. They are designed to be more legally robust than previous federal guidance, which flows down from a 1970s civil rights law forbidding discrimination in education on the basis of sex.

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